Snowbirds continue to arrive

Sigrid J. Aeschleman

Do you think you are seeing an increased number of diverse license plates in town? Actually, you are. More snowbirds arrived in town this week, bringing the number of members of the Destin Snowbird Club to 241 as of Dec. 1. Of the 241 members, 221 are paid members, 20 are Lifetime Members and of the total, 34 are new to the club this year. Registration took place before the meeting Dec. 1. There will also be another registration next week from 8:30-9:45 a.m. prior to the meeting at 10 a.m. The Christmas holidays might see a slight reduction in out of state cars driving in Destin as some of the early arriving winter residents may travel home for part of December, but overall, the numbers are climbing and will escalate at the first of the year. For those arriving in December, the storage locker will be open this Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8-9 a.m. for members to pick up their boxes in storage. Locker pick-up will also be available on Dec. 12 and 19, both from 8-9 a.m., so mark your calendars.

Club members were entertained at their second meeting of this season by Opus 1, the select group of vocal performers from Niceville High School. The enthusiastic ensemble sang songs of the season to the audience and provided entertaining music for the program. Opus 1 is an annual visitor to the club at this time of the year as it provides the club membership with holiday cheer for the Christmas season and gives the group an opportunity to warm up for their season of Christmas concerts.

Club members were reminded of upcoming seasonal events. The Destin Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m., leaving from the parking lot of Old Time Pottery and ending at the Community Center on Stahlman Avenue. Volunteers are needed to walk the parade with the Snowbird Club Float, so if you are interested, please contact President Tom Franklin this week at

Tickets were being sold for the Holiday Harbor Boat Parade, but as of the meeting Dec. 1, the tickets were sold out. Members lucky enough to get tickets will watch the parade from the Crab Island Cantina and will be treated to a buffet dinner while waiting for the boats to pass by.

Kitty Mauzy from BBVA Compass Bank informed the membership of the benefits of having an account with the bank, the official bank of the Destin Snowbird Club. Members are urged to set up an account with the bank during their stay in Destin, thus keeping their money safe, providing easy access to funds and also providing a return to the club of $50 per account. For more information, see

Charles Cassell, 2nd vice president, announced that the billiards activity and perfume making activity are looking for interested people to commit to those activities. If interested, please contact Charles at

Looking for something to do in January? How about taking a bus trip to Mardi Gras 2016 in New Orleans? Dates for the trip are Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30, with return to Destin on Sunday, Jan. 31. Cost is $206 per person (double occupancy) and includes roundtrip bus transportation from Destin, two nights at the Holiday Inn Superdome, all parades, movies and bingo on the bus and all related taxes. Contact Don Cooksey at 850-837-3637 for more information and to book your trip with a $35 deposit. Final payment is due Jan. 4.

The membership at next week’s meeting on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. will be entertained by the Emerald Coast Community Band. Come as early as 9 a.m. for the Craft Show featuring crafters from the club who will be set up to help you do some last minute shopping with specialty items.

Our “Snowbird Highlight of the week” is about a visiting snowdog named Sasha. Sasha gets a “walk”/ride in a stroller because she is 17 years old (18 in March). From Nashville, Tenn., Sasha enjoyed the sunshine over the beautiful Thanksgiving weekend in Miramar Beach. Visitors to the Emerald Coast over the past holiday weekend saw the area at its best.

Sigrid J. Aeschleman, publicity director, is from Illinois and can be reached at